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First Cabin Niseko

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First Cabin Niseko

First Cabin Niseko

First Cabin Niseko is a funky modern capsule style hotel in Kutchan, that offers shuttles during winter to Niseko Hirafu & the Kutchan train station. Dorm/capsule rooms, twin and quad rooms; all utilise shared bathrooms which includes onsen baths. First Cabin Niseko offers buffet breakfast, communal lounge & bilingual staff.

Where is First Cabin Niseko?

First Cabin Niseko is located in the town of Kutchan, 2km from the Kutchan train station, and 6km from Niseko Hirafu.

A free shuttle service between the hotel, Niseko Grand Hirafu is available during the peak season of winter. It goes approximately every 30 to 50 minutes from 7:30am to 9:30pm. There are also 4 schedules per day to and from Hanazono and 10 schedules to the Kutchan train station, which you could use to go downtown for an early dinner.

The hotel is located only 100 metres from a convenience store and it’s very close to a supermarket.

There are various restaurants within easy walking distance, whilst the bulk of the Kutchan restaurants are 1.5km away.

Rooms

All room types utilise communal bathrooms.

Superior twin room

  • 2 single western beds (or king bed)
  • sofa

Superior family room

  • 2 sets of bunk beds for up to 4 guests,
  • sofa

Superior capsule room for females/males

  • Spacious room relative to most capsule hotels, privacy screen
  • 1 single bed
  • separate wings for males and females

Facilities & Services

  • Onsen baths - indoor
  • Communal lounge plus another small lounge opposite the lobby
  • Free wifi
  • Free parking out the front
  • Bilingual staff
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Ski/snowboard lockers
  • Shuttle service
  • Laundry facilities

Dining

A buffet breakfast is included in your stay which includes a wide range of cooked and cold items.

The hotel has a Japanese restaurant onsite that offers small bites as well as more substantial meals such as shabu shabu. It offers a good range of wines. The restaurant has an adjoining bar in case you just want a drink.

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First Cabin Niseko Packages

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First Cabin Niseko Features, Amenities & Services

Property

  • Bar
  • Communal area(s)
  • Hot springs/Onsen
  • Laundry facilities
  • Non-smoking property
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Ski lockers
  • WiFi

Rooms

  • Breakfast available
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • WiFi

Services

  • 24 hour reception
  • English speaking staff
  • Shuttle to lifts

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First Cabin Niseko Reviews

Funky & Clean Kutchan Hotel/Hostel

08/02/2020

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  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Guest Type
    Couple
  • Guest Age
    36-50
  • Admin Rating
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Funky & Clean Kutchan Hotel/Hostel

08/02/2020
It didn't take us long to make a mess of the room!
First Cabin Niseko is one of those new funky modern capsule hotels that can’t quite figure out whether it’s an upscale hotel or budget hostel. In reality it’s a bit of both. The buffet breakfast was quite impressive and what you’d expect of a deluxe hotel, and ditto for the evening meals and adjacent bar (it seemed most guests were buying cheap dinners from the Lawson convenience store out the front to save some yen). The lovely communal lounge & onsen were also what you’d expect of an upscale hotel.

The actual accommodations whilst rather funky, were much more budget oriented considering none of them have ensuite bathrooms. We stayed in a twin room which was very quiet but somewhat cramped (as to be expected) and didn’t make the most of the available space. For example there were only a couple of hooks for jackets, and the design was a bit daft with cupboard doors on shelves and the hand basin, and we generally had to move our luggage out of the way in order to open the door to access the hand basin. The bed was reasonably comfortable (hard as you’d expect) and the heating was very impressive. The toilets were just down the hall, and pyjamas were provided to wear to the toilets, except that they were five sizes too small!

We also had a peek at the cabin rooms and spoke to other guests. They were pretty great for a “capsule” and the ladies had a culture of quietness whilst the boys reported that the open space above the concertina door was a problem with respect to noise transference and it also allowed light in from the hallway.

The location wasn’t ideal, and you’d need to rely on having a car or using the shuttles a lot to get to the Niseko ski resorts and also to get to restaurants in Kutchan. There were a handful of dining options within easy walking distance, whereas most Kutchan restaurants weren’t. Thankfully the shuttle system provided by First Cabin was rather regular.

We’ve marked the value down for First Cabin Niseko considering the high rates (even when they’re discounted) for accommodation that relies on shared bathrooms, and is located not close to downtown Kutchan or the slopes. Admittedly rates for most Niseko accommodation is outrageously overpriced, but there are some well located Hirafu lodge options that also use communal bathrooms for the same price (e.g. Pension Full Note). Or nice hotels such as Always Niseko that are within walking distance of the Hirafu nightlife.
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